Canna Lilies

What Can I Do With the Bulbs I Picked Off of My Canna Lily?


KannaHound added on October 23, 2012 | Answered

This is my frist ever Canna Lily people- so bear with me because I think I may've done something wrong. I had a Canna Lily in my garden this summer I purchased from the local gardening store (not sure how it was grown). I bought it, took it home and transplanted into my garden. I assumed it came from a bulb because what started as one plant w/maybe 2 stalks eventually grew into one plant w/5 or 6 stalks.

I fell in love with this plant, and I dug it up to keep it growing in the house through the winter (I'm in Det, MI- zone 5a or b I think; not sure which). Before I dug it up though, I noticed an occassional bulb or two would brown and fall off, so I plucked them all off then dug it up and potted it for the winter inside my home. But what can I do with these bulbs I have? Do I have to dry them out or some other prepping process? Do I store them in the fridge or something or can I immediately replant them? Will they grow? And as far as the mother plant, how do I keep it alive through the winter time, because its leaves are now browning and kind of crisping. Did I use the wrong kind of fertilizers or something?


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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on October 26, 2012

It may be difficult to keep the canna from going dormant over the winter. Most indoor environments just can provide enough light. But, letting the canna go dormant is a common practice and then you can plant the bulb again next year. This article will help with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/canna/storing-canna-bulbs.htm

I think what you picked was seed pods. You can plant the seeds. Here is more information about that:
http://www.cooltropicalplants.com/growing-canna-from-seed.html

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